Fennel Seed
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Fennel Seed has a mild flavor and is very similar to Anise.

Fennel Seeds can be brown or green.

Pliny observed snakes after they shed their skin and noticed that they consumed Fennel to restore their sight. He put it in his writings and Fennel has been used as a wash for eyestrain and irritations since then. 

Season

Availability

Fennel Seed is available all year round.

Cultivation

Production

Varieties

Purchasing

Storage

Culinary Uses

Dried Fennel Seeds which we use as a Spice in the kitchen are used extensively as a flavoring in such food stuffs as PicklesPastriesIcingsBreadsRoasted and Grilled Vegetables and Sausages. Another common use for the seed is the production of aperitifs (before dinner drinks). 

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 t of Fennel Seed per recipe.

Substitutes

Anise

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
FENNEL SEED
Amount Per 100g
Calories 345
%Daily Value*
 
21%
Total Fat 14g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
3%
Sodium 88mg
36%
Potassium 1694mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate 52g
156%
Dietary Fiber 39g
Sugars 0g
Protein 15g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes